|Terry's boring summer takes a drastic turn when he and his father are ambushed by a terrorist.
Written By: Chandler
I like the way the second album covers a summer in Odyssey. And I like the way that the shows are all tied together in the beginning of this episode. But it makes for a very uninteresting beginning, especially considering what the rest of the show is about.
Over the years when I received new albums, I would listen to the shows practically straight through, not having heard most of them before. That was the case with the second album. However, the excitement was dying down by the time I got to the last tape since I already had a copy of "Return to the Bible Room"; but the name of this show did sound promising. Once I started listening to it, though, I quickly came to the conclusion that this was one of the most boring shows I had ever heard. So I did something drastic. I turned off the tape. In the middle of a scene. In fact, the last line I heard was by George Johnston, "Let me just open the gate..."
When I finally returned to my tape, the first words I heard were from Nigel, "So Catspaw, we meet again." Puzzled, I listened for a minute, then turned off the tape and rewound it thinking, "What happened to my tape? Surely I missed something..." To my surprise, I hadn't. I had simply turned it off right where the show gets exciting! Thankfully, I enjoyed the rest of the show.
While being chased by the bad guy, Terry is astounded by the sudden revelation that his father, George, is in the CIA. It's odd that when he's asked about the ease of hiding from Nigel at the train station, George Johnston replies, "Well, it doesn't have to be a big crowd." Yet when Terry later asks if they have successfully dropped their tail, George responds, "He's not about to lose me at a train station." So I've always wondered George stopped there, besides the fact that the writers wanted him to take a train ride.
One very interesting note concerning the actors is that Hal Smith (Whit) does Maxim and Will Ryan (Eugene) does Nigel. Not only that, but Charles Knox Robinson (Hank Murray) does George Johnston. So "Hold-Up!" is a reversal of the good and bad guys!
Finally, a comment about the music. Although I like the upbeat sound of the music in the second album, the same few tunes are heard repeatedly. That gets really old after awhile. The music for this particular show is better, but it does start with a typical tune heard around this time. But the later cues are less common and have a lot of variety and are more to my liking.
Although I enjoy George and Terry's adventures in this episode, I sometimes question how realistic the episode is. Probably the hardest part for me to swallow is the whole scene with George and Nigel on the roof. How could the agents really ensure that they would catch George when Nigel threw him over? And how were the agents even there anyway? Did they come and fast talk Maxim into getting his windows coated with a special substance? Enough of that though, I think the ending with Terry not being able to tell anyone (although we've just heard it) is a good twist. This episode really was the last great adventure of the summer.
In this show, the good guy is George Johnston (Charles Knox Robinson) and the bad guys are Nigel (Will Ryan) and Maxim (Hal Smith). In "Hold-Up!" the good guys are Eugene (Will Ryan) and Whit (Hal Smith) and the bad guy is Hank Murray (Charles Knox Robinson). :-)
Early AIO illustrations show Whit (not Terry's father) with Terry Johnston running around a corner from a bad guy. Perhaps this episode was originally intended to introduce Whit's secret past.
This is the episode with Steve Harris in it.He was writer-director-sound designer-producer from 1987-88.
- Jared DeWhite
This is the first episode that has Dave Arnold as a sound designer.
- Jared DeWhite
Many of the situations in this episode are similar to those in the Alfred Hitchcock movie "North By Northwest."